The arid expanse of California's Owens Valley pumps massive thermals from earth to sky. On a cloudless day, this very muscular shove of wind is invisible from the ground -- until a hang glider or a paraglider takes to the air. Then, it's all too easy to see what this region's legendary "big air" is all about: powerful, often turbulent lift that pops skilled pilots to heart-pounding heights, allowing them to fly record-breaking distances over the magnificent landscape.
There are a whopping 16 drop zones within 300 miles of Portland, Oregon. Of this bounty of skydiving airports, four are within just 100 miles -- well within a couple hours' drive of downtown. All of these offer tandem rides, student training and "fun jumps" for experienced skydivers.
There are several tangible benefits of doing a back flip. You might have just learned how to do a back flip, but you have also taken an important step toward overcoming fear and complacency. Doing a back flip will make you stronger and more confident. You'll also gain tumbling skills that you can apply to more difficult flips. You might feel awesome when you land your first trick, but the benefits of doing a back flip go far beyond immediate gratification.
Acrobatic exercises are full body endurance workouts that help you achieve overall fitness. Acrobatics increase your physical and mental strength, coordination, flexibility and agility. According to CNN Health, acrobatic workouts are accessible and popular because of their minimal equipment requirement. You only require a padded flat surface, suspended bars and rings. Due to their popularity, acrobatic routines have been modified into Olympic disciplines like synchronized swimming and diving, gymnastics, ice skating and trampolining.
At times referred to as "football on wheels," roller derby has evolved much since its humble origins in the 1930s. Today, roller derby is a major sport with more than 1,250 leagues participating worldwide. Considering the high amount of physical contact in the sport, it is no surprise that as the popularity of roller derby has risen, as have injury rates among participants. To protect themselves and avoid future injuries, roller derby athletes should become familiar with a few preventive stretching techniques.
There are ten basic strikes of Kali Filipino martial arts. Learn about the basics of Kali Filipino martial arts with help from a world champion martial artist in this free video clip.
Aikido White belt techniques include things like tino hanko. Learn about Aikido White belt techniques with help from a world champion martial artist in this free video clip.
Mixed martial arts has its own very specific belt training system. Learn about belt training for mixed martial arts with help from a world champion martial artist in this free video clip.
The criteria for receiving a Yellow belt requires you to accomplish a number of different things. Learn how to earn a Yellow belt with help from a world champion martial artist in this free video clip.
Being the perfect sparring partner requires a few very specific things. Learn how to be a sparring partner with help from a world champion martial artist in this free video clip.
Cardio kickboxing classes are designed to be taught in a very specific way. Learn how to teach cardio kickboxing classes with help from a world champion martial artist in this free video clip.
Martial art techniques of self defense range in complexity from basic to advanced. Learn about martial art techniques of self defense with help from a world champion martial artist in this free video clip.
In the Chinese martial arts there are four ranges of combat. Learn Chinese fighting techniques with help from a world champion martial artist in this free video clip.
The basics of Krav Maga will give you a really good understanding of the movement as a whole. Learn Krav Maga basics with help from a world champion martial artist in this free video clip.
The Krav Maga technique encompasses very specific things, like standing positions. Learn about the Krav Maga technique with help from a world champion martial artist in this free video clip.
American style kickboxing features a variety of different techniques and moves. Learn about kickboxing with help from a world champion martial artist in this free video clip.
A bivy sack is a bivouac sack, which is an ultra-lightweight sleeping bag designed to protect the user in a variety of conditions, including extreme cold temperatures, without the need for a tent. A vapor barrier liner fits inside the bivy sack and is made from a material that does not allow moisture or air to pass throughout it. The vapor barrier liner protects the bivy sack from your perspiration and creates an environment that actually causes you to perspire less while sleeping with your body wrapped in a nonbreathable membrane.
The Flybar line of pogo sticks is a thoroughly modern update on a vintage toy. Like modern skateboards and scooters, they apply up-to-date materials to transform the child's toy of yesteryear into a powerful vehicle for extreme sports. The company's documentation takes pains to emphasize this, warning that a user's head can easily be 10 to 12 feet above ground at the highest portion of a bounce. The amount of force you generate depends on the number of thrusters you use and how long a piston stroke you set.
The Hi-Bird P35 four-wheel all-terrain vehicle was manufactured by Hi-Bird Motorcycle Company in China from 1995 to 1999. Like most ATVs, Hi-Bird's P35 model has the clutch in front of the left handle grip, the front brakes in front of the right handle grip, the throttle near the thumb of the right handle grip, the gear shift pedal on the left foot rest, the kick start on the right side of the ATV and the rear brakes on the right foot rest. The major difference between the Hi-Bird P35 ATV and other ATVs is that it is a manually operated…
Future fins systems allow you to interchange the fins in your surfboard to tailor your board's performance to the conditions of the waves and your body type. They also make it easy for you to store your board or bring it with you on vacation because you can remove the fins. While fin designs are based on advanced hydrodynamic design, you don't have to be an experienced surfer to install the fins to the Future boxes on your board.
Waxing is an essential part of maintaining your snowboard. Waxing a snowboard helps to ensure that you can glide and manipulate it with ease. While there is no exact timetable for when you should wax your snowboard, a few reliable indicators give you an idea of when you need to consider putting your board on a bench, heating up your iron, getting out the wax and giving your board a fresh wax job.
You can't just wear any shoes while riding your BMX bike. Learn what type of shoes you should wear for BMX bikes with help from the co-owner of Berkshire Bike and Board in this free video clip.
You'll want to use a smaller back tire on a BMX bike for a few very specific reasons. Use a smaller back tire on a BMX bike with help from the co-owner of Berkshire Bike and Board in this free video clip.
You don't have to be an adult to enjoy BMX games. Learn about BMX games for kids with help from the co-owner of Berkshire Bike and Board in this free video clip.
BMX helmets are sized in a very specific way. Learn about BMX helmet sizes with help from the co-owner of Berkshire Bike and Board in this free video clip.
The proper brake depends on a few things, including how you're using your bike. Find out about the proper BMX brake with help from the co-owner of Berkshire Bike and Board in this free video clip.
You should look for a few specific things when buying rings for your BMX bike. Learn about the best rims for a BMX with help from the co-owner of Berkshire Bike and Board in this free video clip.
You'll want to be careful and thorough when installing BMX rear brakes. Install BMX rear brakes with help from the co-owner of Berkshire Bike and Board in this free video clip.
You'll want to make sure your BMX bike is secure when mounting to avoid damage. Mount a BMX bike in a trailer with help from the co-owner of Berkshire Bike and Board in this free video clip.
The BMX crack goes into the bottom of the bracket on the actual bike. Put a cycle design crank on a BMX bike with help from the co-owner of Berkshire Bike and Board in this free video clip.
BMX races are almost completely won at the start. Learn how to build a BMX practice gate with help from the co-owner of Berkshire Bike and Board in this free video clip.
Putting mountain bike components on a road bike allows you to achieve a lower gearing. Put mountain bike components on a road bike with help from the co-owner of Berkshire Bike and Board in this free video clip.
There are a few main types of games you can play on a downhill mountain bike. Learn about downhill mountain bike games with help from the co-owner of Berkshire Bike and Board in this free video clip.
How a mountain bike fork is fixed depends on the specific nature of the problem. Learn how mountain bike forks are fixed with help from the co-owner of Berkshire Bike and Board in this free video clip.
You can save a decent amount of money by installing your rear bike rack yourself. Install rear bike racks with help from the co-owner of Berkshire Bike and Board in this free video clip.
You have to follow a very strict procedure if you want your rear disc brakes to work properly. Learn how to mount rear disc brakes on a titanium mountain bike with help from the co-owner of Berkshire Bike and Board in this free video clip.
You'll need a few specific tools if you want to fix center pull mountain bike brakes. Learn how to fix center pull mountain bike brakes with help from the co-owner of Berkshire Bike and Board in this free video clip.
Transitions are a vital part of triathlons, yet many triathletes don’t put much thought into them. A speedy, efficient and well-managed transition can save you minutes or even seconds, giving you an edge over slower racers. While they’re still struggling to get out of their wetsuits or put their biking shoes on, you can be out ahead of the pack, starting the next portion of the race. It’s all a matter of forethought, preparation and planning.
The Invert Mini is a popular 2-pound paintball marker, or gun. Due to its popularity, manufacturers design logic boards that improve the stock marker with enhanced features. This includes the Virtue OLED Board, which sports a display that provides the user constant updates about the state of the marker, including a shot counter and error codes. Installing the OLED Board is a two-step process: removing the stock logic board and then fitting the new board, LED screen and battery compartment door.
Both surfing and skateboarding encompass a wide variety of viewpoints, ranging from weekend pastimes to legitimate lifestyles and even highly spiritual pursuits. The venues of expression are equally broad, with board enthusiasts practicing their craft anywhere from fast food parking lots to remote beaches dealing out bone-crushing waves. Board cultures are very loyal to their sport of choice, choosing either skating or surfing, but not very often both. Whether you vibe with the waves or the cold, hard concrete, each sport offers something special to its devoted followers.
The Piney Woods is one of the single largest forested areas in the United States, extending through several states and across hundreds of miles. Given the size of this forest, it is no surprise that hundreds of hikers become lost or stranded in the Piney Woods each year. In a survival situation, you may need to build a weatherproof shelter to shield yourself from the rain and provide protection until help arrives. Even with very little equipment, you can use the resources of the Piney Woods to create a relatively comfortable shelter.
Belgian inventor Joseph Merlin famously introduced the roller skate to the world in 1759 by skating into a ballroom while playing a violin, then crashing into a wall when he didn't know how to stop. Since then, rollerskating, and its sister sport rollerblading, have taken the world by storm, with millions of adrenaline junkies taking immense pleasure in the sport's scope for performing tricks and pushing boundaries. If you want to start perfecting your tricks at home you can build your own basic rollerblading grind box in under two hours.
Bull barrels, also called bucking barrels, are a useful way to learn the basics of bull riding and sharpen your technique without the danger of a 2,000-lb. thrashing animal. Although at some point a rodeo rider will have to get on an actual bull, a DIY bucking barrel can help him prepare for the experience. A homemade bucking barrel can also be a source of entertainment for you and your friends.
The Yamaha Zuma, also marketed as the MBK Booster, is a motorized scooter that typically features a two-stroke engine -- although the 2012 model has a four-stroke engine. It has a top speed of 40 miles-per-hour and a potential fuel economy of abut 123 miles-per-gallon. Due to its light weight and rugged design, the MBK Booster is capable of a variety of tricks. If performing tricks on your Booster, it’s essential that you wear safety equipment and observe local laws and safety regulations.
Kiteboarding, also called kite surfing, requires a special harness and control bar. This system allows you to steer and move the kite in the desired direction. Without this gear, the kite is unmanageable and dangerous. Older kiteboard models used a set of pulleys, but modern set ups use "chicken-loop" connections on the ends of the bars, which provide better control and fewer tangles. Making the conversion from a pulley system to a chicken-loop can be done at home and saves the expense of buying a whole new rig.
The Empire Magna paintball loading mechanism uses an LED to provide feedback to the user. The LED is capable of flashing four different colors: white, red, orange and green. The Empire Magna has three programmable settings, including motor speed, spring sensitivity and microphone sensitivity represented by a green LED, red LED and orange LED, respectively. The system is programmed using the LED and power button. Each setting has six levels of operation in which "1" is the lowest setting and "6" is the highest setting.
An Enduro is a motorcycle typically used in off-road motorcycle racing. These motorcycles usually are powered by a 6-volt dynamo or a 12-volt dynamo. Upgrading a 6-volt unit to a 12-volt system requires a few modifications to the 6-volt dynamo and the systems that it powers, such as the light bulbs and the power regulator.
If you are looking for something adventurous, consider taking a polar plunge, which is a swim outdoors in the winter. Many people join a club with other polar plunge enthusiasts, such as the Coney Island Polar Bear Club, whose members swim weekly in the Atlantic Ocean throughout the colder months. Others engage in a one-time event for charity, such as to raise money for the Wisconsin Special Olympics.
Rodeo clowns are the on-the-spot entertainment for the crowd during rodeos and bull riding events but they also have a serious job to do in assisting the bullfighters, the men assigned the job of protecting the cowboys once they dismount or are bucked off the bull. The rodeo clown is the back-up for the bullfighters and his barrel is his biggest asset. The barrel offers a refuge in the midst of the rodeo arena for cowboys and bullfighters, a place they can escape a charging, 1-ton bull when there are no close arena fences to climb. Clown barrels are quite…
There's nothing quite like going head to head against a worthy opponent in your own homemade wrestling ring. Building the wood frame for your ring is essential for recreating the feel of wrestling in a big arena, but the process doesn't have to be difficult. With a few materials and a little bit of effort, you'll be flying off the top ropes in no time.
Bucking bulls perform feats of great athleticism in the arena and are bred specifically for their inherent bucking abilities based upon their bloodlines. Bull owners use a flank rope to enhance the kicking motion for the animal, giving him a better opportunity to unseat the cowboy trying to ride him. The flank rope is a simple piece of rope with a ring or hondo used to secure it to the bull. Former flankman for Rodeo Stock Contractors (RSC) Allan Jordan flanked bulls at seven National Finals Rodeos (NFR) and has judged 12. He made his own flank ropes, customizing to…
Weak-kneed isn't just an expression used to describe someone who yields to temptation; some people actually do have weak or easily injured knees. Repetitive knee strain from sports or on the job injuries lead many people to look for a solution to chronic knee pain. In many cases the knee needs more support. An over-the-counter solution is available. A knee sleeve, when fitted properly, supports the knee so that people with pain can resume much of their normal activity.
If you aspire to be great at free running, scaling walls and landing impossible jumps like you were Spider-Man, then parkour is likely an activity that interests you. A person can get seriously hurt without some understanding of how this activity works. Landing on the hard ground after a leap from a high position can cause serious leg, knee, hip, back and other injuries. Going into a parkour roll is one way to prevent these injuries, but you have to do the roll correctly.
A quick and accessible way to learn how to skydive is by undertaking an accelerated free fall training course (AFF). With the AFF a complete beginner can become a fully qualified skydiver, capable of solo free fall within a short amount of time. In AFF you are held on to by one or two instructors until you release the parachute. The AFF is comprised of seven levels. Each level includes training on the ground followed by a jump where certain maneuvers must be performed. The student must complete a given level before they can move on to the next.
Canvas is a heavy-duty fabric used in making tents, sails and other items where high strength is required. A canvasback kayak is a sturdy, lightweight, one-man boat made of wood and canvas. The canvas must be waterproof to keep the kayak afloat. There are several methods to waterproof canvas, but the one best-suited to a kayak is a chemical spray application.
Learning to surf on a longboard or funboard, both larger and more rounded than traditional short boards, provide a beginner with more stability and forgiveness when learning the basics of wave riding. Generally, boards that are shorter than you and pointed are faster, and require an experienced surfer to maneuver; they are not recommended for beginners.
Kiteboarding is a water sport that uses the power of the wind to pull a person attached to a board along the surface of the water. The basic materials for kiteboarding are a board, similar to a wakeboard, a kite with string and a bar to hold onto. Some designs for homemade kiteboarding equipment can include expensive materials and complex designs, but a simple kiteboard can be manufactured cheaply and inexpensively. A homemade kiteboard can be constructed from wood because the material is easy to work with and can be painted with a stain to provide protection from damage caused…
The bolt is a very crucial part of a rifle. Keeping the bolt rust-free and moving smoothly is an important part of maintaining your rifle. The handle of the bolt is on the outside of the gun. Some gun owners choose to frost the handle of the bolt. This is often done so the handle will not be slippery and to protect it from the elements. Sometimes the whole rifle barrel is frosted for aesthetic reasons and the bolt handle is painted to match.
If you've got two skateboards lying around, you can make a bi-deck snowskate that will cost next to nothing. It is preferable to use a metal snow blade or proper snowskate sub-deck, but a bi-deck snowskate made of two skateboards should last for at least a season and be fun to ride!
Luge is an extreme sport in which athletes slide down a snow track on a sled in a timed race. It is popular in the Winter Olympics and other winter competitions. You don't need to be an Olympian to build and use your own luge track. Though it can be challenging, all you need is the right equipment, a good plan and the proper location to build your own luge track.
Indoor rock climbing is an effective way to hone your climbing skills in a controlled environment. Top belay ropes are commonly in place to make climbing any route safe and quick. A top belay requires a belayer to pull in the rope slack as the climber ascends the wall. If the climber loses his grip, the rope catches him and the belayer absorbs his downward force. When the climber weighs significantly more than the belayer, it's wise to have floor anchors to secure the belayer.
Bungee jumping and skydiving are two versions of the same thrill: you free fall through space, then a safety system kicks in before you experience impact with the Earth. Both have positives and negatives, depending on such factors as cost, convenience and how long you want the thrill to last.
Downhill skateboarding stands in as a summer thrill substitute in many mountain ski towns and even attracts a following of its own with an unofficial race circuit. But riding a skateboard at high speeds downhill could result in injury or even death, if you don't know how to stop safely and effectively. Modeled after surfboards, longboards can reach speeds of more than 40 mph, depending on the terrain. Longboarders use the foot stop method to slow themselves down and come to a full stop. Executed properly, this technique works at any speed.
Longboarding is a relatively new addition to the list of extreme sports. Longboards are much like skateboards, but are not designed for performing tricks. They are much faster than skateboards and are often used as a mode of transportation. Riding a longboard downhill can be very dangerous if you don't know what you are doing.
A game of paintball can take its toll on the body, with bruises and welts being common battle scars. Proper gear and attire are necessary to either eliminate or minimize painful wounds, and can also serve as an integral part of the strategy for outfoxing your opponent.
The sport of mountain skateboarding, also referred to as mountain boarding, is a hybrid of snowboarding and skateboarding. Taking the basic concept of skateboarding and moving it to a variety of outdoor locations, mountain boarding has become a practice all over the world, with enthusiasts in locations ranging from the United States to the United Kingdom and the Ukraine.
Paddle boarding is a sport that has Polynesian roots. This variation on surfing has the paddle boarder standing on a variation of a surfboard and paddling out with outrigger-style paddles. For divers, paddle boards are an excellent way to reach offshore reefs that are too far out for shore diving, when you don't have access to a boat. Building your own paddle board for diving can be a fairly straight-forward process, when you convert an old sailboard for your project.
Motorcycle fairings aid in the aerodynamics of sport and race bikes. They wrap around the front of the motorcycle, sometimes encasing the legs and body of the rider. Because of the nature of the sport, race fairings are frequently broken or damaged during competition. A damaged fairing can be replaced by reproducing the form in fiberglass. This fiberglass fairing can then be painted to match the rest of the bike using automotive enamel paint.
Dogs jumping out of planes is not a new phenomenon. With the help of a human partner, dogs have been parachuting in some cases to save lives and, in others, just for the fun of it. Not all dogs will like the experience, of course, so you should do many test runs on land to see if your dog will be comfortable parachuting. Consult with your veterinarian prior to doing any parachuting test runs or jumps and make sure to purchase a well-made harness specially designed for your dog.
Eight seconds might seem like a blink of an eye under normal circumstances, but if you are attempting to ride a 1-ton twisting, spinning, bucking bull, it can feel like a lifetime. Bull riding is a challenging endeavor for any athlete, and it can be difficult to get enough quality practice which actually simulates a real bull, without risking the body to ride the real thing. Although commercial manufacturers offer many styles of dummies, the cost can be prohibitive. Bull riders can build their own to save costs, whether a simple rope barrel dummy, or a more elaborate dummy according…
ATVs have been a popular mode of personal, off-road transportation since the early 1970s. While these vehicles are resilient throughout many types of terrain, water often challenges riders. Once a vehicle reaches a certain depth, the air filter and engine become flooded, thus seizing the engine and rendering it useless. However, an aftermarket snorkel allows the motor's filtration system to breathe in deeper waters. If you would like to create your own ATV snorkel, use a 1.5" PVC pipe to get the job done. Riders must still be aware of casualties that may occur during extraordinary use in water.
The Autococker is a paintball gun that comes equipped with various features, such as an auto-cocking system. This system functions via the CO2 cartridge that is connected to the gun. The gun also comes with a regulator adjustment knob that controls the pressure of the C02. You can adjust this pressure whenever you feel the gun isn't performing as it should.
Two horses, two cowboys, one steer. Charging down an arena in pursuit of the steer, a team in the team-roping competition can complete a run in as little as four seconds. But as with any race, team roping, the fastest growing equine sport according to the United States Team Roping Championships, requires starting blocks -- in this case, roping boxes -- to get the event going. The roping box is a three-sided enclosure where the cowboys begin the run and can be purchased from commercial roping equipment producers. For those looking to save some cash, boxes can be built at…
In paintball lingo, the gun is known as a "marker." These markers come in many styles and with many features. One feature common to many paintball markers is the ability to attach or detach a stock. Like a rifle butt, this stock attaches to the back of the gun and provides support for the user. Because paintball is a warfare game, these stocks are designed to be attached quickly.
Full body harnesses are used in parachuting, bungee jumping and rock climbing, and by those who work in high locations. These harnesses consist of two thigh bands, a waist band, a chest band and two shoulder-to-leg bands. Only the chest and waist bands have clips to open and close them. This is a typical safety harness and will support the weight of an adult male. Do not use this harness until it is checked by an authorized technician for safety, such as a skydiving instructor.
Roller derby is a rough and violent sport, which means that it's easy to get injured if you're not wearing the right equipment. Helmets, elbow pads and knee guards are all important protective pieces, but don't forget about your feet and toes. Roller skates are made of thin synthetic materials, so when you hit the side of your foot or your toes on another skate or an obstacle, you can potentially break a bone. Roller skate companies sell toe protectors, but these can be quite expensive, some costing at least $30. With some duct tape and rubber, however, you can…
Opening your own ATV course will give you an opportunity to use your ATV and potentially bring in revenue. Designing your own course will help you test out your ATVs and train if interested in competition. If you do not own the land in which you intend to build upon, it's important that you understand all the city regulations that are in place before you begin construction.
Sponsor support to help pay for gear, entry fees, transportation and other expenses is a boon to ATV riders. Soliciting sponsorships requires identifying potential sponsors and convincing them to offer sponsorship. It takes time and research, but the effort results in more opportunities as an ATV rider. Sponsorships can include free or discounted merchandise, monetary support and other perks. In exchange, the ATV rider bears the sponsor's logo on clothing, vehicles, haulers and advertising.
Paintball is a sport in which players compete against each other on teams or as individuals. The goal is to eliminate the other players by shooting them with paint bullets to signify a "kill." Protective gear is worn by the combatants to shield their bodies from paint bullets. Using various materials, players can create their own gear such as protective vests and elbow pads for use during the game.
Kiteboarding is an extreme sport in which the rider harnesses the power of the wind with a large kite while riding a wooden board. The wind propels the rider across the water at tremendous speeds and can even launch the rider into the air. Because buying a pre-assembled kiteboard can be very expensive, making your own kiteboard is an alternative to consider and can be accomplished with a few easily attained items.
There's no other way to get to the top of the speed skating world than through a lot of hard work. If you're a fierce competitor that loves thrills, this intense sport may be worth the muscle-shredding training. It's best to start young, but if you're already involved in a sport where similar skills are required --- like ice hockey --- you're in position to evolve into a great speed skater.
Much like mountain and road bikes, manufacturers offer different styles of BMX bikes. The different styles of BMX bikes are aimed at different demographics and riding styles. The styles feature different frame construction, with a range of components making each bike style suited to its respective market. Nearly all BMX bike styles possess a compact double-diamond shaped frame, 20-inch wheels, single speed gearing, upright handlebars and a rigid fork, lacking shock absorbers.
Flying through the air like a bird is a dream for some people, but without the proper equipment, it is impossible. A Flexwing Trike is a special vehicle you can use to soar through the air for short distances. This vehicle features a wide glider on top of a tricycle you can drive through an open area and take off into the sky. Flying a Flexwing takes many weeks of practice, and can be dangerous if you are not careful.
Like any extreme sport, skydiving requires enthusiasts to complete certain levels in order to become a solo jumper. There is no substitute for experience, so multiple jumps help you get better and even progress to competitions. Instructors and professionals have well over 500 jumps to qualify them as such, and they will teach you how to execute maneuvers, experience free fall and even jump from lower altitudes through a gradual progression of jumps.
In the sport of kiteboarding, pigtails are used to facilitate easy connection between the kite and the lines that control it. A short length of cording with a loop at one end and several knots along its length is permanently mounted to the kite on each of the four corners, whether it be a bow or C-shaped kite, upon which the bar and lines are attached via a loop fastened around one of the knots. Pigtails are easy to connect to your kite, but must be done properly to ensure correct operation and control of your kite.
Skydives occur all over the world and are enjoyed by both seasoned hobbyists who are avid skydivers, as well as curious newcomers who are one-time participants. Whatever their background, there are multiple reasons why individuals enjoy skydiving. For some people, it's the experience of free falling that gets them hooked, while for others, it's more about the challenge.
Scuba diving and snorkeling are underwater activities that allow participants to observe and experience marine life. The main difference between scuba diving and snorkeling is the equipment: Scuba gear has an oxygen tank that allows the diver to reach depths, and snorkeling equipment requires the swimmer remain close to the water's surface.
Vertical wind tunnels are appealing to skydiving enthusiasts because they can practice freefall skills before taking flight. In addition, many people who are too young or old to participate in skydiving can experience similar sensations in a wind tunnel. Although wind tunnels are typically safer than skydiving -- no death has ever been reported in one -- they still carry significant risk of injury, including broken bones.
Airsoft weapons recreate the feeling of real combat with realistic looking plastic weapons that fire pellets. Enthusiasts have come up with many innovations to add more realistic and excitement to their Airsoft matches, such as traps, grenades and rocket launchers. If you wish to flush enemy troops out of their hiding locations, you may want to create a mortar for your next Airsoft match. A pressure powered Airsoft mortar can be made out of commonly available PVC parts, a bicycle inner tube and bike pump.
Anyone who has seen a person running and jumping down the street with strange metal shoes that lift him several feet off the ground may think they accidentally stepped onto the set of a science-fiction movie. However, these stilts, known as jumping stilts, power stilts or powerbocks, are very much a reality. These stilts are a relatively recent invention that allow their users to both run faster and jump higher than they can naturally. They appear similar to activity-oriented prosthetic legs and operate under similar principles.
The introduction of the personal watercraft came to the consumer market in 1968. The\ stand-up Sea-Doo model, a vehicle that operated like a snowmobile in water, was crafted by Clayton Jacobson II and sold under the Bombardier franchise. Today, several different manufacturers produce one to four person watercraft for recreational enjoyment. Among them, Bombardier still prevails as one of the largest manufacturers of personal watercraft. While the Sea-Doo models continue to outperform their competitors, there are times when these vehicles require extra maintenance.
A big highlight when you're a kid is going to the amusement park and riding the go karts. The rides are so exhilarating that often a child will go home and want a go kart of her own. Though most kids don't have the skills to build a go kart, it is a project mom or dad can do. Making your go kart seat is an important part of the building process. When making your go kart seat, be sure it is secured tightly to the rest of the kart and that the frame is strong enough to hold the…
Hang gliding is a sport using a powerless aircraft that works in a similar way to a glider plane. Commonly these delta planes are launched by the pilot running off the edge of a cliff and using the natural wind resistance and updraft to keep it in the air. They are then maneuvered by the pilot shifting his weight around. Although there are a wide range of hang gliders available, they all use very similar durable lightweight materials.
Playing paintball is a fun way to enjoy virtual warfare with friends. It involves strategy, teamwork and, most important, an effective weapon. There are various paintball guns on the market, but almost all of them have the capacity to add a rear stock. Adding an adjustable stock to your paintball gun allows you to support the weapon better, which increases accuracy when firing. These stocks can be attached and removed quickly, depending on how you like to play.
Flatland BMX is a sport in which riders perform various tricks and maneuvers on a flat riding surface. Flatland BMX riders link together a combination of tricks on their bikes without ever touching the ground, making balance crucial. One of these tricks is referred to as a "fire hydrant." This is when the rider balances on one peg facing the rear of the bike, and then spins the tail of the bike back to its original starting position.
Design your own trophy kart and strut your motor skills. Create the biggest, fastest and baddest trophy kart around. Trophy karts are designed similarly to go karts but feature a large body and resemble a truck. These are versatile karts that let you dart around with power and fury. When sketching trophy kart ideas, experiment with the color and shape of your design.
Chamber safety flags are used to provide visual reminders that the chamber of a weapon is empty. The safety flags are inserted into the chamber of an empty weapon before the chamber is closed. They can be used on handguns, rifles, paintball guns and Airsoft guns. While chamber safety flags can be purchased commercially, you can also make them at home. A chamber safety flag is never an excuse not to physically check the chamber and ensure a weapon is clear.
Learn how to ride a stand-up jet ski correctly to avoid running into other jet skis or having any accidents on your jet ski. A jet ski is a motorized water vehicle which has handlebars, a platform for standing or sitting, and a curved underside for stability. Learning to ride a stand-up jet ski correctly means knowing how to board, stand on, turn and safely ride around on a jet ski.
Sandboarding is essentially snowboarding without the snow. Sandboarders head to the beach and other areas with large sand dunes, and, with a board similar to a snowboard, they ride the hills. Making your own sandboard is a straight-forward project and costs much less than purchasing one.
Many states require that you register a jet ski with the appropriate state agency before operating it on public waterways. Like a car, a jet ski receives registration and title documents to prove ownership. If you've misplaced your title, you can order a copy from the state. A new owner who purchased a jet ski without a title may be able to get the title without the aid of the previous owner. However, in some states like Ohio, the previous owner will have to order the title and then transfer the title to you as the new owner.